St. James’ LGFA Galway

July 3rd, 2016 | by stjamesgaa
St. James’ LGFA Galway
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St. James’ Ladies Football Club was founded in 2012 to exploit the great talent of the girls living on the east side of the city. While the Ladies Gaelic Football Association was founded in 1974, women were playing football before this date. The formation of the St. James’ Ladies Club followed in this great tradition. The club built on the work done by the footballing ladies of Renmore. The idea originated in 2002 when a group of people saw the successful men’s structure in place for juvenile and adults playing football in the Renmore and Mervue area. This group of people decided to form a team so that girls could also enjoy playing football. A meeting was organised and the first ladies football committee on the east side of the city was formed. The Renmore club catered for U14 and U16 teams and they were soon playing in local competitions. A sponsored cup was donated to the Renmore association and the club began holding an annual blitz which attracted neighbouring teams. It must be noted that the Renmore club obtained a league title in 2010 and this contribution ensured the success of ladies football into the current era. Renmore had a successful first ten years fielding many strong underage teams and the club produced several county players. However, by 2011, the club was struggling for numbers and the difficult decision was made to disband Renmore Ladies Football Club.

It was then decided to approach the high flying St James’ club and see if they were interested in introducing a ladies section. The club was more than enthusiastic about the proposal and thus in 2012 the first ladies team to play in the colours of St. James’ entered the Ladies Gaelic Football Association Championship. It was a very successful venture and attracted girls from around Mervue, Ballybane, Renmore, Ballybrit, Castle Park, Wellpark, Roscam and Doughiska. The juvenile amalgamation occurred in 2015 and this was a great boost for the east-side of the city. The club has gone from strength to strength and this is clear from the many successes it has achieved at juvenile and adult level. Above all, the club embodies their motto ‘Never Give Up’ and their enduring ability ensures that hard work does make dreams come true. The ladies have certainly proved that they are worthy 3-in-row champions. They are here to stay and who knows where the next part of the club’s journey will take them.

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